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Rio 2016: Ashton Eaton, the lord and master of track and field

AFP
Published : Aug 19, 2016, 11:52 pm IST
Updated : Aug 19, 2016, 11:52 pm IST

On a night when Usain Bolt dazzled true to reputation, American track and field stars continued to dominate as Trinidad-born American Kerron Clement won the men’s 400m hurdles gold, clocking 47.73sec

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On a night when Usain Bolt dazzled true to reputation, American track and field stars continued to dominate as Trinidad-born American Kerron Clement won the men’s 400m hurdles gold, clocking 47.73sec to hold off a furious late challenge from Kenya’s Boniface Tumuti. Turkey’s Cuban-born Yasmani Copello claimed bronze.

Defending champion and world record holder Ashton Eaton won the decathlon title, matching Briton Daley Thompson who won twice in 1980 and 1984.

“One day, I'm going to have to meet Daley, shake his hand and thank him for giving me something to chase after,” said Eaton, who ruled the grueling 10-event track and field competition.

The other American gold came in the shot put, where Ryan Crouser won with a best of 22.52 metres, a new Olympic record.

Dalilah Muhammad became the first US winner in the women’s 400m hurdles. The fastest woman in the world this year over the distance, she blasted out of the blocks and held on to a commanding lead for a deserved gold in 53.13sec.

Sara Slott Petersen of Denmark took silver while Muhammad's team-mate Ashley Spencer claimed bronze.

Cheers to brownlee Bros. On Copacabana beach, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee became the first British brothers to win Olympic gold and silver when they blitzed the field in the men’s triathlon.

Brazilians also celebrated wildly on Copacabana after Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt won the men’s beach volleyball title in the rain, beating Italy’s Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo 21-19, 21-17.

History was made in the taekwondo with a first medal ever for Jordan, while Alizadeh claimed a first medal for an Iranian woman with a bronze in under 57kg final.

US relay quartet grabs chance The reigning US 4x100m women’s relay champions ran alone on the track to get a place in the final after being given a reprieve by the IAAF.

They were left facing disqualification after a dropped baton exchange between Allyson Felix and English Gardner.

Judges ruled Felix had been knocked off-balance by Brazilian runner Kauiza Venancio and allowed a race against the clock.

The Americans managed it, got the fastest time and forced China out of the final.

Location: Brazil, Rio de Janeiro